Tuesday, September 1, 2009

HIV; No joke amongst Gay African men

New research from UCSF examining HIV among men who have sex with men in the township of Soweto in South Africa has found that a third of gay-identified men are infected with HIV
New research from UCSF examining HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the township of Soweto in South Africa has found that a third of gay-identified men are infected with HIV.
The study's authors were the first to examine HIV and the community of men who have sex with men in the Soweto Township, an area on the periphery of Johannesburg reserved for black South Africans during apartheid.
The researchers found that Soweto MSM identified themselves as straight, bisexual or gay, with the highest HIV rate among gay identified men, at 33.9 percent. The researchers estimated the rate of HIV infection for bisexual MSM in Soweto to be 6.4 percent and 10 percent for straight identified MSM.
"Our findings clearly indicate that targeted prevention and treatment for men who have sex with men in townships are urgently needed. We also found that, despite South Africa's legal advances in gay rights, stigma and de facto segregation are reflected in the disproportionate rates of HIV infection," said the study's principal investigator, Tim Lane, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
The findings are now available in the online edition of the journal AIDS and Behavior and are scheduled for publication in an upcoming print issue.
Of the study's 378 participants, 34.1 percent identified as gay, 30.4 percent as bisexual and 31.7 percent as straight. All but one of the participants were black South Africans and all of South Africa's black African ethnic groups were represented in the sample.
The study showed that MSM's sexual identities predicted their sexual behavior with other men.
Gay identity was highly correlated with the exclusive practice of receptive anal intercourse and straight and bisexual self-identification was highly correlated with the exclusive practice of insertive anal intercourse with male partners.
"With the correlation of sexual identity and sexual practice, control of condom use in same-sex partnerships tends to be in the hands of bisexual and straight MSM. This finding demonstrates the pressing need to promote condom use among bisexual and straight-MSM for same-sex as well as heterosexual relationships," said Lane.
The authors also looked at other risk factors and found that HIV infection was also associated with being older than 25, lower incomes, purchasing alcohol or drugs for a male partner in exchange for sex, having receptive anal intercourse and having any unprotected anal intercourse with a man.
HIV infection was significantly less likely among men who have sex with men who were circumcised, smoked marijuana, had a regular female partner or reported unprotected vaginal intercourse with women.
"The circumcision findings clearly suggest that for this population of MSM, circumcision could be protective and that MSM should not be excluded from circumcision programs," said Lane.
Co-authors of the study include H. Fisher Raymond and Willi McFarland from the San Francisco Department of Public Health; Sibongile Dladla, Joseph Rasethe, Helen Struthers and James McIntyre from the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Funding for this research was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Peninsula Community Foundation's Hurlbut-Johnson Fund. Medical care for HIV-positive participants at PHRU was funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID-South Africa.
Established in 1986, the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies conducts domestic and international research to prevent the acquisition of HIV and to optimize health outcomes among HIV-infected individuals.
The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies is affiliated with the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) at UCSF. UCSF ARI houses hundreds of scientists and dozens of programs throughout UCSF and affiliated labs and institutions, making ARI one of the largest AIDS research entities in the world.
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to defining health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate level education in the life sciences and health professions and excellence in patient care.


Mark Lyndon said...

"HIV infection was significantly less likely among men who ... reported unprotected vaginal intercourse with women."

Huh? Is that a typo or what?

Either way, circumcision is a dangerous distraction in the fight against AIDS. There are six African countries where men are more likely to be HIV+ if they've been circumcised: Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, and Swaziland. Eg in Malawi, the HIV rate is 13.2% among circumcised men, but only 9.5% among intact men. In Cameroon, the HIV rate is 4.1% among circumcised men, but only 1.1% among intact men. If circumcision really worked against AIDS, this just wouldn't happen. We now have people calling circumcision a "vaccine" or "invisible condom", and viewing circumcision as an alternative to condoms.

ABC (Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms) is the way forward. Promoting genital surgery will cost African lives, not save them.

Kerry Beaver said...



"Dr" Peter McHendry in Property SCAM Court Case


"Dr" Peter McHendry Global Bio Diesel / Bio Fuel Feedstock Scams 2008 - 2010



"Dr" Peter McHendry Zambian Travel Scam 2010 Ends up in his Deportation for Breech of Zambian Labour Laws!


Record of "Dr" Peter McHendry being arrested in Florida USA for violent abuse of a woman


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He stole time and labour from Villagers in Zambia by pretending to empower them, the worst thing about this is his target this time is not rich white people who can afford to be scammed, no matter how unpleasant the reality.

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Ricky Butcher said...


Great Blog!

The world needs to stop conmen like Peter McHendry from preying on AIDS Victims

Here are some very homophobic comments made by chode Peter McHendry


You can see this Australians experience of Peter McHendry's luxury holidays with "Global Adventures" another non existent Peter McHendry Global business....


Comment 17 describes various lies and misrepresentations from "Dr" Peter McHendry who thinks it is reasonable to charge $2500 for a month in a field that mcHendry does not even own (with no food)


More homophobic rantings from Peter McHendry on his arrest record from the USA...

Ricky B

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